1835 Strand Way
Coronado, CA 92118
July 26 – August 25, 2019
Thursday, Friday, Saturday @ 8pm & Sunday @ 2pm
Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Book by Peter Duchan
Based on the Warner Bros. film and screenplay by Bob Comfort
Director: Teri Brown
Music Director: Nina Gilbert
Choreographer: Patrick Mayuyu
People can surprise you…
NOTE: This play contains adult language.
“Easily the most delicate, surprising and musically satisfying score since Spring Awakening.” – Time Out New York
November 21, 1963: On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. The men must compete in the “proud” Marine tradition of the “dogfight”, a high-stakes contest to see who can pick up the ugliest date. But when PFC Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of compassion.
Dogfight, a romantic and comic musical adaptation of the 1991 movie with River Phoenix and Lili Taylor, wowed audiences when it premiered at New York’s Second Stage in 2012. Winner of the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical in 2013, it offers audiences an unexpectedly tender and genuine love affair supported by an impressive and beautiful score. Since Dogfight, the inspiring writing team that is Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (called “heirs to Rodgers and Hammerstein” by Variety) have gone on to achieve great acclaim with more stage musicals, TV and film scores, most notably the Tony Award-winning Dear Evan Hansen, Smash, and the Oscar-winning La La Land and The Greatest Showman.
Meet the Cast
- Adam Sussman – Eddie Birdlace
- Connor Boyd – Boland
- Kyler Waitley – Bernstein
- Michael Harrison – Lounge Singer, Pete, Sergeant, etc.
- Dylan Napieralski – Fector
- Sean Sutton – Stevens
- William Corkery – Gibbs
- Sara Ah Sing – Rose Fenny
- Danica Waitley – Marcy, Peggy
- Andrea Pulliam – Mama, Ensemble
- Ariel Sheridan – Ruth Two Bear, Ensemble
- Vanessa Provencio – Suzette, Ensemble
- Alyssa Salacup – Librarian, Ensemble
The program is available here.
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SARA AH SING (Rose) is grateful to be making her Coronado Playhouse debut! Recent shows include Avenue Q (OB Playhouse), Spring Awakening (OnStage Playhouse) and a production of The Fantasticks which she and her friends fully staged in a backyard. A junior at Point Loma Nazarene University, she balances her passion for theatre with graphic design and illustration. Sara would like to thank her parents for being her constant source of love and support.
CONNOR BOYD (Boland) is thrilled to be back on the Coronado Playhouse stage as Ralphie Boland. Other appearances at CPH include Dr. Madden in Next to Normal (2018)and Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors(2017). Elsewhere: Adam in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Judas inThe Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Trinity Theatre Company), Tom in Murder Ballad(10th Ave Theatre), Apostle in Jesus Christ Superstarand Gangster #2 in The Drowsy Chaperone(SDSU Don Powell Theater).
WILL CORKERY (Gibbs) is excited to be making his Coronado Playhouse debut. He is returning to the San Diego theatre world after graduating from San Jose State University with a BA in Theatre Arts. Previous credits include William Barfeé in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Joey in Zoot Suit, Otto in Spring Awakeningand Shrek in Shrek the Musical. Other shows include Marat/Sade, Urinetown(SJSU) and West Side Story(City Lights Theatre Company).
MICHAEL HARRISON (Lounge Singer and others) is thrilled to be making his CPH debut in Dogfight.Past credits include: VP Panch/Olive’s Dad in The25thAnnual Putnam County Spelling Bee(Sapphire Theatre), Narrator/Mysterious Man in Into the Woods (Sapphire), Barrett in Titanic(Knoxville Players (IL)), Anxious in West Side Story(Heritage Repertory Theatre), Featured Dancer in Carousel(Heritage Rep), Al in A Chorus Line(UVA),Simeon in Joseph (Furman U), Billy Elliot (CYC) and The Wiz(CYC).
DYLAN NAPIERALSKI (Fector) is happy to be performing with this talented cast. This is his first show at Coronado Playhouse. He is fresh out of high school after playing roles like Jack (Into the Woods) and Callahan (Legally Blonde). He hopes that you fall in love with the message and beauty of this show, as he has.
VANESSA PROVENCIO (Suzette, Ensemble) is excited to perform at Coronado Playhouse for the first time! Most of her theater experience has been behind the scenes, stage managing or operating tech. Some of her most recent credits include Bullshot Crummond(2019) and Venus in Fur (2019) at OnStage Playhouse. She’d like to thank the director, Teri Brown for giving her this amazing opportunity, as well as this incredibly talented cast for allowing her to take part in creating such a powerful performance.
ANDREA PULLIAM (Mama/Ensemble) is very excited to be making her debut at Coronado Playhouse! Other local performances: Into the Woodsand A Christmas Story(Pickwick Players), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (OnStage Playhouse) and Les Midge, Phantom of the Empire, Into the Walker Woods and Wicked Wizards(Turning Tydes). She thanks her fiancé and family for their continued love and support.
ALYSSA RENAE SALACUP (Librarian/Ensemble) is happy to be back doing another fantastic show at Coronado Playhouse! Appearances at CPH also include ensemble member of James and the Giant Peach(2017). Other honorable mentions: Veronica Sawyer in Heathers(SDCC/2019), Connie in Love, Sex, and the IRS(Grossmont Stage House Theatre/2018) and Charlotte in Charlotte’s Web(Pickwick Players/2016). She is honored to share this experience with such a great team and cast!
ARIEL SHERIDAN (Ruth Two Bears/Ensemble) is ecstatic to make her San Diego debut at Coronado Playhouse! Some of her favorite past roles include Kristine in A Chorus Line, Morgan in Godspell, Penny in Hairsprayand Esther in Meet Me in St. Louis. She’s just so happy to be here!
ADAM SUSSMAN (Eddie Birdlace) is beyond honored to be doing his second show at Coronado Playhouse this season. Past credits include Jason (Bare: The Pop Operain Concert), Gomez Addams (The Addams Family) and supporting roles in Sweet Charity, Brooklyn, Evita and The Drowsy Chaperone. Adam would like to thank Teri Brown, Patrick Mayuyu and Nina Gilbert for their wonderful direction and brilliant handling of a fantastic show and cast, and to Miss Leigh Scarritt for bestowing greatness, discipline, and passion in him and his work.
SEAN SUTTON (Stevens) is a NYA award recipient who only just recently got on to the acting scene. He has aspirations to become an author for a Broadway musical. His previous roles include Corny Collins from Hairspray, Kyle from Legally Blonde, Mysterious Man from Into the Woods and most recently, Bobby in CPH’s Cabaret. He is currently a student at SDSU.
DANICA WAITLEY (Marcy) is excited to be back at Coronado Playhouse! She most recently appeared at CPH in Bare: A Pop Opera in Concert. Other appearances include Natalie in Next to Normal (Sapphire Theatre Company), Amy in Company(SCPA) and Dorothy in the TheWizard of Oz(Actors Alliance). She can also be seen driving the double decker buses at the San Diego Zoo. She would like to thank her three biggest supporters Allison, Kyler, and Kelsey.
KYLER WAITLEY (Bernstein) is honored to return to Coronado Playhouse! He was last seen here playing Peter in Bare: A Pop Opera in Concert. Past credits include: Gabe (Next to Normal), Younger Brother (Ragtime), Jack (Into The Woods), Peter (Pinkalicious) and Voice 3 (35MM). Kyler would like to thank Teri Brown, Anthony Zelig, and Patrick Mayuyu for allowing him this opportunity, Miss Leigh Scarritt and Allison Spratt Pearce for all the training and support.
TERI BROWN (Director) This production marks Teri’s directorial debut at Coronado Playhouse. She served as the Artistic Director of OnStage Playhouse for over 15 years. After a hiatus of over three years, Teri recently appeared on stage as Frankie in Frankie & Johnny at the Clair de Lune(OnStage Playhouse). At OnStage, Teri has directed Xanadu, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story(2015 SDACT Winner – Best Director of a Musical) and Spring Awakening(2016 SDACT Winner – Best Director of a Musical & Best Musical plus a 2016 SD Critics Award Nomination for Outstanding Resident Musical). She will be directing Carrie the Musicalat OnStage Playhouse this upcoming October/November. On behalf of the entire Dogfightproduction team, Teri would like to express extreme admiration for the cast you see on stage tonight.
NINA GILBERT (Music Director)’s background ranges from Kenya, where she directed her students in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown while a Peace Corps volunteer, to Carnegie Hall (Associate Conductor, New York Choral Society) and to Boston (Education Director, Boston Lyric Opera). In San Diego since 2016, Nina has music-directed Avenue Q (New Village Arts) and The Fantasticks (Point Loma Playhouse). Nina has offered NPR music commentaries and lectured on the history and science of chocolate. She serves as music director for the Congregational Church of La Jolla. Her degrees are in music and conducting, from Princeton, Indiana and Stanford.
PATRICK MAYUYU (Choreographer) is a native San Diegan actor, singer and dancer with a background in modern dance and pageantry arts. He has performed on many stages including The Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, San Diego REP, Diversionary, OnStage Playhouse, OB Playhouse and Coronado Playhouse. In 2018, Patrick won the SD ACT Aubrey Award for Outstanding Choreography for his work on Spring Awakening (OnStage). He occasionally serves as a design consultant for the SDSU Aztec Color Guard. Patrick is a proud company member of InnerMission Productions as well as a founding member of MaArte Theatre Collective.
ANTHONY ZELIG (Resident Producer & Production Manager) is excited to be producing his fifth show this season at Coronado Playhouse. After 24 years in New York, working on and off Broadway, he is very happy to have made his way to San Diego and found a home here at CPH. Previous Playhouse credits include designing lights for last season’s A Man of No Importance, Follies: In Concert, Joseph… and this season’s Bare: In Concert as well as producing our recent productions of Guys and Dolls, Bare: In Concert, Cabaret and The Old Man and The Old Moon.
KARL BUNKER (Set Designer) is delighted to return to Coronado Playhouse where he designed and built the sets for A Man of No Importance (2018) and Fly By Night (2017). He has also designed and built sets at Onstage Playhouse for Heathers: The Musical (2017) and Bell, Book and Candle (2014) and at Vanguard Theater for Oklahoma (2012), Damn Yankees (2011) and You Can’t Take it With You (2010). He has appeared in productions at Vanguard Theater including Oklahoma (2012), Damn Yankees (2011) and King Lear (2009). He is excited to support this wonderful production and the great cast.
PAMELA STOMPOLY-ERICSON (Co-Costume Designer) has been a costumer and make-up artist for what seems like several lifetimes… She was resident costume designer for Lyric Opera San Diego for over two decades and a free-lance costume/wig/make-up designer with Onstage, Sledgehammer, Scripps Ranch Theatre, Patio Playhouse, OB Playhouse, Junior Theatre, Pickwick Players, North Coast Rep, Point Loma Playhouse, Southwestern College and Lamplighters. She is also a principal make-up artist with San Diego Opera, and has designed make-up and wigs with La Jolla Playhouse. Her “day job” is managing her family’s business, The Costume Shop. Pam is looking forward to being back at Coronado Playhouse!
RYAN DIETRICH (Co-Costume Designer) is thrilled to be back at Coronado Playhouse, this time for costume design! Previous design credits include Welk Resort Theater: Menopause the Musical, OB Playhouse: The Rocky Horror Show, OnStage: Xanadu, Heathers, Disenchanted; Southwestern College: In the Heights, Anna in the Tropics, The Arsonists, and more. A big thank you to his family and friends for their love and support.
PAM EVERETT – (Resident Props Designer & House Manager) is thrilled to be working with this extraordinary cast and crew. This production has special meaning to Pam as she grew up in a Navy Family and is married to a Navy Veteran. Thank you to my wonderful family for joining in the fun and helping make CPH the GREAT Theatre it is. Most Importantly, THANK YOU to our Veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice.
TERESA E. CRAVEN (Hair and Makeup Designer) is grateful to be working with Coronado Playhouse for the first time. Designer of Spring Awakening (2017) and Xanadu (2018) at OnStage Playhouse and dresser for Scrooge and Rouge (2018), designer of Pageant the Musical and Wedding Singer at OB Playhouse (2019).
KATHY PARKS (Resident Stage Manager) is honored to be a part of this difficult but meaningful production. She has worked backstage on numerous productions here at Coronado Playhouse as well as at Trinity Theatre Company, Pickwick Players, GMSR and OB Playhouse.
JAVIER PIÑÓN (Sound Mixer) is delighted to return to Coronado Playhouse! He is currently enrolled in the Music Recording program at San Diego State University. He has previously teched for Cabaret (2019) at Coronado Playhouse. He also works as an A/V Technician at SDSU’s Aztec Student Union, where he is responsible for taking care of all clients’ technical needs. Javier is excited to get more experience and develop his skills in the realm of theatre.
OPENING NIGHT MEMBERS’ MINGLER
Friday, July 26, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.
Celebrate open nights at Coronado Playhouse!
You’re a loyal supporter of The Community’s Theatre and we want to show our appreciation. Playhouse members are invited to a hosted Happy Hour at CPH for drinks and appetizers before every opening night of each new main-stage production. Mingle with fellow theatre lovers and enjoy the ambience and excitement of opening night.
Not a member? Not a problem! Membership starts at just $50 and can be purchased in advance or at the event.
Community Theatre is made by, with and for the community in which it is performed. Coronado Playhouse is committed to pursuing community theatre in the truest sense of the words by giving back to the people of San Diego County and Coronado and using our public platform to help those in need.
During the run of Dogfight, Coronado Playhouse is partnering with Veterans Village of San Diego.
Veterans Village of San Diego (VVSD) serves America’s veterans in overcoming homelessness and related challenges.
VVSD has served all veterans since 1981 and is dedicated to “Leave No One Behind.” VVSD is the only program of its kind in the United States and is nationally recognized as the leader in serving homeless military veterans. Each year VVSD provides services to more than 2,000 military veterans throughout San Diego County.
Go to vvsd.net for more information